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Mental and Behavioral Health, Physical Health

Owning your Wellness: Self Care in the age of COVID-19

Rachel Walker realizes she has it better than most college students whose 2019-2020 academic year was disrupted by COVID-19. As much as she likes Florida A&M University, she often felt a bit homesick for Atlanta. She has a close relationship with her family, so when COVID sent students packing mid-March,…

MCQ. Issue 18
07/15/2020
Mental and Behavioral Health, Student Success

Science Summary

Coronavirus and Mental Health In April, Active Minds, the nation’s premier nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for students, surveyed 2,086 college students about the impact of COVID-19 on their mental health. In the survey,  80% reported that COVID-19 had negatively impacted their mental health, and 1 in…

MCQ. Issue 18
07/14/2020
Physical Health, Mental and Behavioral Health, Substance Use

WE Strong: UVM’s Wellness Environment Then and Now

The students on the Zoom platform take a deep breath in and then exhale with ear-piercing screams. They are doing the “WE Breath,” a unique way to let go of stress and anxiety practiced at the Wellness Environment from which they are graduating – remotely.  They are the fifth first…

MCQ. Issue 18
07/14/2020
Opinion

Students with Chronic Illness Need Special Consideration in Re-opening Strategies

Much of the conversation around reopening colleges in the fall has focused on mitigating the risk of outbreaks and creating policies to keep the campus community safe as a whole. While these conversations are necessary and constructive, it is critical that colleges and universities put a particular focus on students…

MCQ. Issue 18
07/14/2020
Substance Use

Vaping on the Rise: How Colleges are Responding

Vaping, the use of electronic cigarettes to vaporize nicotine-laden liquid, has become widespread within American high schools, colleges, and universities. These institutions are faced with the challenge of deciding whether they should adopt vaping-friendly policies, as a means of encouraging smoking cessation and harm reduction, or if they should ban…

MCQ. Issue 18
07/14/2020
Mental and Behavioral Health, Physical Health

Interesting People Doing Important Work

Andrea Mercurio, Ph.D Dr. Mercurio is a faculty member in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University where she teaches a range of courses including social psychology, women and health, and psychology of eating.  The research lab she directs is called “Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies” reflecting a…

MCQ. Issue 18
07/14/2020
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Q&A: Dr. Rachel Levine

Nearly every day for the last four months, Dr. Rachel Levine has stood six feet away from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.  As Secretary of Health, she appears with him at daily news briefings, providing the data and the detail behind the state’s policies regarding COVID-19. Levine’s turn in the public…

MCQ. Issue 18
07/14/2020
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